A smart grid is a transactive grid.
- Lynne Kiesling
Archive for August, 2010

The Smart Grid – It’s For More than Electrons

Two interesting articles today; both championing the idea that smart grids encompass far more than electrons and eventually will reach into the world of water.  As the first – courtesy to The Energy Collective – notes, we need to extend our thinking about smart grids to other resources such as water, waste water, gas and […]

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Smart Meters and Smart Regulation?

Courtesy of Berkeley’s Legal Planet blog, an interesting look at smart meters and smart regulation.  As readers of this blog know, we are not sure if meters or regulation can truly be “smart”; we prefer smart markets which can provide end users with incentives and motivations to conserve.  That said, the article notes: “…The poor […]

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Utilities To Embrace the Amazon.com Business Model?

Courtesy of Earth2Tech, an interesting article on the possibility of utilities becoming more like Amazon.  While the article – and ourselves – conclude this to be a remote development, the report does make some interesting points we’ve emphasized about customer interaction, branding, and relationship building in the smart grid / smart meter world.  As the […]

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About This Blog And Its Authors
Grid Unlocked is powered by two eco-preneurs who analyze and reference articles, reports, and interviews that can help unlock the nascent, complex and expanding linkages between smart meters, smart grids, and above all: smart markets.

Based on decades of experience and interest in conservation, Monty Simus and Jamie Workman believe that a truly “smart” grid must be a “transactive” grid, unshackled from its current status as a so-called “natural monopoly.”

In short, an unlocked grid must adopt and harness the power of markets to incentivize individual users, linked to each other on a large scale, who change consumptive behavior in creative ways that drive efficiency and bring equity to use of the planet's finite and increasingly scarce resources.